Late For Work 7/22: Reports Of Reed To PUP Erroneous?

Plus the NFL’s Top 5 offensive lines and Mel Kiper’s summer audit.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Thursday, July 22nd, 2010 at 9:17 am | Categories: Late For Work, Ryan Mink

Reports Of Reed To PUP Erroneous?

It’s difficult to understand the exact message that Ed Reed is trying to get out. Trying to decode when he will return from his hip procedure proves just as tricky.

So NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora went to Brad Davis, an advisor of the Ravens safety.

Davis says the reports that the Ravens safety will go on the physically unable to perform list and miss the first six games of the season are not correct. LaCanfora took it one step further and says they could be “erroneous” (on both accounts!).

“We have no idea when he’s ready to return,” Davis said. “Anyone who is saying he will miss six weeks, that’s just not true. We don’t know at this point.

“He could be back before or after. We just don’t know. It’s too soon to say. He could be back Week 1 or he could miss the entire season. I seriously doubt he would miss the entire year, but the reality is it’s all still up in the air right now.”

Reed did say that there is no timetable for his return Wednesday while at his youth football camp at Randallstown High School. He also repeated what he told Ravens coaches; that he’s preparing for the first game of the season, whether it’s against the Jets or “in October, November, December.”

But Reed also once again said he plans to go on the PUP List for a “minute” and said he was “leaning” towards missing the first six weeks of the season during an interview on 105.7 The Fan on Tuesday.

Reed could go on the PUP list during training camp and come off before the season starts without missing any games. Even if he isn’t healthy enough to play on Week 1, the Ravens don’t have to keep him on the PUP list and he doesn’t have to miss six games.

They could put him on the active roster and simply declare him inactive until he was ready to play. The advantage of putting a player on the PUP list is that it doesn’t take up a roster spot on game day.

Surely we’ll be hearing more about this over the next several weeks.

Ravens Have Fourth-Best Offensive Line

Former NFL offensive lineman and current NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger gave his Top 5 offensive lines.

The Ravens unfortunately weren’t No. 1 this time (as was Ed Reed, Ray Lewis and Haloti Ngata), but Baldinger did rank the unit as the fourth-best in the league.

Pretty solid for a group that includes a pair of 24-year-old tackles in Michael Oher and Jared Gaither and two starting guards who are 25 and 26, respectively, in Marshal Yanda and Ben Grubbs.

“Ozzie Newsome has done a great job of rebuilding this line on the fly,” Baldinger said, noting Baltimore’s use of the draft to bolster its unit. Baldinger also cited the Ravens’ use of the unbalanced line for part of their success.

“They rely on the offensive line to be the strength of their offense.”

Here’s Baldinger’s Top 5:

5.  New York Giants
4.  Baltimore Ravens
3.  New York Jets
2.  Cincinnati Bengals
1.  New Orleans Saints

Kiper Gives His Summer Audit

It’s been a while since we heard from ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr., but he’s back giving his opinion of teams’ offseasons.

Kiper couldn’t help going back to his bread and butter and said the Ravens had an “exceptional draft.”

“While they traded down, they consistently took players I had rated higher than where the Ravens selected them,” Kiper said. “Landing a talent like Sergio Kindle well into Round 2 could qualify as among the top few steals in the whole draft.”

But Kiper also couldn’t overlook the pick-up of wide receiver Anquan Boldin.

“While Boldin isn’t the type to truly stretch the field, he’s a reliable target that can battle with a No. 1 corner and deepen that entire portion of the depth chart,” Kiper said. “No team, perhaps outside of Cincy, did more to help their quarterback than the Ravens.”

Worth noting, Kiper projected the Ravens to take Nebraska cornerback Prince Amukamara in 2011′s first round. Get used to that name; I have a feeling we’ll be hearing it a lot.

Quick Hits

Former Ravens fullback Kenyon Cotton has died at the age of 36. Cotton, a backup in 1997 and 1998, underwent outpatient surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon before having complications, according to the Minden (La.) Press-Herald.

@OGOchoCinco (Chad Ochocinco) said via Twitter: “Prayers out to my dude Ed Reed of the Baltimore Ravens on a speedy recovery on his injuries, love you big bruh, see you week 2″

Bengals running back Cedric Benson is set to meet NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell today, reports NFL.com. Benson was recently arrested on an assault charge in Austin, Texas. Bengals coach Marvin Lewis doesn’t expect a suspension.

Former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson will be a contestant on “Survivor: Nicaragua,” which will air this fall. Just sayin’, Coach Harbaugh would be a pretty awesome survivor. The wits, the toughness … he’s got my vote.

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